Contaminated medical scopes may have sickened more Americans than federal investigators had originally determined, according to the results of a U.S. Senate investigation released today. The Seattle Times reports the Senate investigation indicates that from 2012 to 2015, antibiotic-resistant illnesses linked to specialized duodenoscopes sickened at least 250 people – most at U.S. hospitals. That number is nearly double the statistic previously identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cases since 2010.
The report follows a seven-month inquiry headed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who demanded last summer that medical device manufacturers associated with reports of “superbug” infections relating to endoscopes and similar devices hand over internal documents – including Fujifilm, Hoya/Pentax, and Olympus.
Lieff Cabraser represents individuals injured and the families of loved ones who have died from antibiotic-resistant infections allegedly contracted in duodenoscope procedures. If you or a family member would like to speak to a Lieff Cabraser injury lawyer about your superbug injury case, please feel free to contact us by email, or call attorney Lexi Hazam toll-free at 1 800 541-7358.